The factory images for Android 5.0 Lollipop just keep a-rollin' out. Following the rollout earlier this week to more recent Nexus devices, the latest to nab a coat of sugary-sweet goodness is the Nexus 4 with build number LRX21T.
The Asus ZenWatch is now available to purchase from the Google Play Store. While the ZenWatch appeared on the Store yesterday, customers were unable to buy it, with the device labled as "Coming Soon". You can now purchase the device for $199.99, and it should leave its warehouse in one to two business days.
OK, folks. We're back on our proper parts of the U.S. (as much as I love the West Coast, it's good to be home), and it's time to do that weekly thing we do. Coming up on this week's Android Central Podcast, we'll recap the Samsung Developer Conference, see where we stand in Nexus land now that the reviews are out the door and updates are hitting other devices. And of course we'll answer your questions live on air.
So join us at this link at 3:30 p.m. EST — we're going a half-hour early this week — as we do this thing.
Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.
As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.
Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and Safari 6.0 or later on OS X.
HTC's Mo Versi indicated on Twitter that the vendor is targeting Lollipop rollout to GPe devices from next week. Versi, however, failed to mention whether the One M8 or last year's One M7 would receive the update first.
Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge is set to go on sale in the US later today. If you were looking to pick one up but were concerned about the durability of the device, fret not, as the South Korean manufacturer answered questions regarding the durability of the curved screen, unintended touches from the edge screen and more.
AT&T started pre-orders for the Nexus 6 earlier this week, and now Sprint has commenced sales of the device online and through retail channels. The latest device in the Nexus series can be yours for $0 down (not including sales tax) if you go with Sprint's easy pay plans, which will see you paying $29 monthly for 24 months. If you're willing to sign a new two-year agreement, the Nexus 6 is available for $299.
It seems that Volvo is becoming the first major brand to take advantage of Google Cardboard. The car manufacturer released an app called 'Volvo Reality' on Google Play today that drops users into various virtual driving situations with its new XC90 in an effort to promote sales of the SUV.
Samsung is reportedly looking into creating its own subscription video service. After scrapping its Media Hub, which sells big name movies and TV shows similar to what is offered on Google's Play store, Samsung may be looking at another angle for mobile video as the company is reported to have invested tens of millions of dollars into what is called Volt. Rather than offering studio titles, Samsung's subscription video efforts would be geared towards short-form content. The project falls under new EVP of media solutions John Pleasants, a veteran from Disney's mobile and gaming business.
We all have those situations where we want input from friends, family and acquaintances on a certain topic, no matter how serious or mundane. Rather than sending out group texts or taking an informal poll on various social media outlets, why not use a single app to have it all in one place? That app is Straw, at least the developers of the project certainly think so.
Google's $1,024 development tablet known as Project Tango is now showing up on the Play store, but you still can't buy one yet. At the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, Google had promised that the Project Tango tablet with 3D-sensing camera would arrive later in the year, and the Play store listing seems to confirm that Google is readying availability. At this time, both the white and black Project Tango tablets are listed, with Google saying that the "device is not for sale at this time."
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